With the MLB All-Star break one week away, it's time for fantasy owners to start looking ahead when it comes to waiver wire pickups. While there may be some players ready to help you now, this is also an opportunity to catch other owners sleeping during the break, by picking up guys who will help you in the weeks ahead.
With that it mind, here are the best saves and steals options as we enter the backend stretch of the 2019 fantasy baseball season.
Saves: Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Boston Red Sox
Nathan Eovaldi has seen his ownership increase 16% overnight, up to 51% in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and with good reason. The former starter, who is currently still on the 60-day IL, will be Red Sox's new closer upon his return to the roster, according to a report from NESN. It was out of the bullpen where Eovaldi shined for the Red Sox during their most recent World Series run, so if the report is true, Eovaldi instantly becomes one of fantasy's best option for saves.
Steals: Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres
While he started the season as the odd man out in the Padres outfield, Manuel Margot has now started seven straight games for San Diego while patrolling centerfield. The increased playing time has led to more stolen base opportunities, as Margot is up to 11 on the year with four swipes in the past two weeks. He won't provide a ton of power, but Margot is a good source for speed and is also more useful in OBP leagues thanks to his solid walk rate as of late.
Saves: Roenis Elías, RP, Seattle Mariners
Oddly enough, Roenis Elías is only owned in 46% percent of Yahoo! leagues, even though he has grabbed hold of the closer role in Seattle with five saves in the month of June. Elías is not a strikeout machine for a ninth inning guy, but still averages a healthy one strikeout per inning, to go with ratios that have steadily improved over the season (2.45 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in June).
Elías needs to be owned in any league where saves matter, however, he is a trade candidate considering the Mariners have already revealed themselves as sellers earlier in the season.
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